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  1. May 16, 2014

    Britten’s ‘Owen Wingrave’ at Aldeburgh Festival

    Has it ever been easier to be a pacifist? Neocon visionaries aside, there is scant appetite for war in western democracies....

  2. April 4, 2014

    Sweet dreams from humble pie

    Last night, from nowhere, rescue came and it was in the shape of a pie. It was chicken and asparagus, puff pastry, massive,...

  1. January 12, 2014

    AT&T leads the charge into ‘connected’ cars

    As sales of smartphones begin to slow, US mobile operators, chipmakers and software developers are targeting the auto...

  2. August 22, 2013

    Film reviews: Elysium, The Kings of Summer, Lovelace, What Maisie Knew

    Whenever I hear the words “In the late 21st century” intoned over a movie’s opening, I reach for my scepticism. Late 21st...

  3. July 10, 2013

    The American Plan, St James Theatre, London – review

    The American Plan refers to the lavish full-board option at a hotel in the Catskills, described in belt-loosening detail by...

  4. beyondbrics

    June 18, 2013

    Mexico oil reform: in the pipeline?

    So, Mexico will indeed enact constitutional reform to open its oil industry to the private sector. That is what Enrique Peña...

  5. June 7, 2013

    Owen Wingrave, Guildhall School Theatre, London – review

    When you weigh up the possible reasons for Owen Wingrave’s muted success, the fact that Britten wrote it for television is...

  6. April 26, 2013

    Writers in love with other art forms

    In the last summer of his life Norman Mailer felt he had the face he deserved and the solitude he craved. He was living...

  7. March 24, 2013

    James Tissot: Painting the Victorian Woman, The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK – review

    Degas tried to win him for the Impressionists, Ruskin dismissed his paintings as “unhappy mere photographs of vulgar...

  8. March 15, 2013

    Philip Roth and the Nobel Prize in Literature

    In 2011 Philip Roth was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. In the lead-up to an intimate...

  9. November 1, 2012

    The Heiress, Walter Kerr Theater, New York

    With the short novel Washington Square, published in 1880, Henry James had not yet hit the grand stride of his...

  10. The World

    October 7, 2012

    Republicans see home truths in Afghan book

    Notes from the Heartland In a colonial-style house in Mission Hills, Kansas, a group of Republicans eat Oklahoma barbecue,...

  11. August 10, 2012

    Haute culture

    Are perfumers olfactory artists or chemists? Are cosmetic brands impressionists or do they paint by numbers? The beauty...

  12. July 23, 2012

    London: The world in a city

    The world is coming to London . As the UK capital flings open its doors this week to the globe’s finest athletes and their...

  13. May 4, 2012

    American dreamscape

    We are brought up to think that when we have earned leisure and rest we may go forth and cross oceans and mountains and see...

  14. March 30, 2012

    The old buccaneers

     Silver: Return to Treasure Island, by Andrew Motion, Jonathan Cape, £12.99, 404 pages One fateful day in 1894, Robert Louis...

  15. March 23, 2012

    Upping the ante in Chianti

    Trying to work out from which country Maro Gorky is expatriate is a puzzle. For more than four decades the painter and her...

  16. March 9, 2012

    There was a literary lady from Limerick

    When I worked with prisoners who were nearing the end of their sentences, years ago, we often talked about issues of...

  17. March 2, 2012

    Show me the money

    Wallace Stevens, as well as being America’s greatest 20th-century poet, was also a career professional in the insurance...

  18. February 23, 2012

    Film releases: February 24

    He has a big head, medium-beaky nose and crew-cut patches of thinning hair that resemble bird mange. He caws with a whiny...

  19. February 17, 2012

    Blood and ink

    New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, by Colm Tóibín, Viking, £20, 346 pages Beware the family that has...

  20. February 10, 2012

    Charles Dickens: our overrated mutual friend

    On Tuesday the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens was celebrated across the English-speaking world – not the world, but the...

  21. December 30, 2011

    Glimpses of grandiosity

    When you are at university reading English literature and it’s all going well, after a few terms you will probably develop...

  22. November 5, 2011

    Why I’m entitled to call you entitled

    The insults we use say a great deal about our times, and none more so than a certain deadly adjective that is so popular now...

  23. October 14, 2011

    What the world needs now

    Sometimes we are people of rigour and virtue. We try to be our best selves, not necessarily in the Oprah-Martha mould, which...

  24. October 14, 2011

    I spy, with my literary eye

    The warm white wine has soured, the canapés have congealed. Literary London is in shock: Alan Hollinghurst is out of the...

  25. September 23, 2011

    The war on error

    Christopher Hitchens is living in what Philip Gould, the New Labour pollster and author of The Unfinished Revolution,...

  26. September 3, 2011

    The List: Five of the finest art magazines

    The popular use of the word “magazine” only came into being in 1731 with the publication of the Gentleman’s Magazine; its...

  27. August 19, 2011

    Childish Loves

    Henry James’s The Aspern Papers is, in part, a tribute to the Romantic poets’ capacity to scandalise later generations. How...

  28. June 24, 2011

    Lunch with the FT: Alan Hollinghurst

    There is a passage in Alan Holling­hurst’s new novel in which an amateur biographer conducts a series of interviews in the...

  29. June 4, 2011

    Small talk: Ali Smith

    Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962, studied at the University of Aberdeen and began a PhD at Cambridge before...

  30. April 8, 2011

    Sir John Soane’s divine clutter

    Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, and the architect Sir John Soane, who were almost exact contemporaries,...

  31. March 25, 2011

    A Man of Parts

    A Man of Parts: A Novel, by David Lodge, Harvill Secker, RRP£18.99, 576 pages “Who would read a novel if we were permitted...

  32. January 28, 2011

    The New York Idea, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York

    The New York Idea is an efficient comedy machine that has been given a suitably efficient production by the Atlantic...

  33. January 24, 2011

    The Passages of Herman Melville

    The Passages of Herman Melville, by Jay Parini, Canongate, RRP 17.99, 464 pages The term “biofiction” was coined in the...

  34. January 21, 2011

    The art of good writing

    In 1919, the young EB White, future New Yorker writer and author of Charlotte’s Web, took a class at Cornell University with...

  35. January 7, 2011

    In a Jamesian purgatory

    Sometimes, when you are having a jolly night out, someone asks you if you’d mind giving a little talk to a gathering of...

  36. January 7, 2011

    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

    Representatives of the Catholic, Buddhist and Muslim faiths at a prayer rally, Manila University, October 2007 Twelve Steps...

  37. December 13, 2010

    Small talk: Salley Vickers

    Psychotherapist-turned-novelist Salley Vickers was 50 when she published her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel (2000). Born...

  38. November 5, 2010

    Downstairs at Downton: saintly, stoic, morally superior

    Downton Abbey (ITV1 Sundays) finishes this weekend, and I will not betray its ending. But I will revise an early dismissive...

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